Barbara Regenspan

Auto-ethnographer, emerita educational studies professor seeks time-limited visiting appointment to use my skills as existentialist philosopher, poet, activist, curriculum theorist, writing and creative writing teacher, and social justice-focused teacher educator with special expertise in Marxism, psychoanalysis and feminisms

Books & Poetry

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I'm a recently retired educational studies professor with terrific energy and inspiration seeking part-time visiting work in any of my areas of interest/expertise.  I have successfully directed both doctoral education and social justice-focused teacher education programs and I understand how teaching the art and research tools of auto-ethnography and poetry craft can raise student consciousness directed towards both spiritual and democratic political renewal inside and outside of schools.  I see everyone as a potential teacher, whether they pursue that identity formally or not.

What people you might know say about my writing 

I think Barbara Regenspan's work on teaching for social justice and using the arts (most particularly literature) is original and challenging.  I even think she opens new pathways in our thinking about both teacher education and elementary classrooms.  I am also moved and impressed by her insightful treatment of 'activism.'  She avoids all the pitfalls of irrelevant ideology, 'political correctness' etc.

Maxine Greene,  

So much of my experience as an American teacher fell into place while reading [Haunting]. Regenspan never veers far from the pragmatic and personal realities of being an American educator right now, grappling with indifference, short-sightedness and disillusionment of the system.  Her deft, and often profound intellectual work is peppered with anecdotes, both person and pedagogical, and these accounts of teaching on the ground level make her case fierce and fresh.  Haunting and the Educational Imagination is politically humane and intellectually electrifying.

Barbara Regenspan combines the personal, the political, and the educational in creative ways in this volume.  In the process, she provides a number of important insights into the human complexities and necessary commitments involved in struggling toward an education that is worthy of its name. 

Michael W. Apple

John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Tony Hoagland, National Book Award Finalist poet and Professor of Creative Writing, University of Houston, who has also worked extensively with English teachers.